Course overview

Successful ecological restoration requires an integrated understanding of the ecological parameters of a site, together with the physical, chemical, and biotic factors that may influence desired outcomes. However, restoration objectives also need appreciation of the historical context of the site as well as possible social considerations that may limit the desired outcomes. In short ecological restoration is frequently ‘the art of balancing the possible’.

This course covers the breadth of considerations required for ecological restoration and gives the opportunity to undertake management planning at both site and landscape scales.

In addition, successful ecological restoration requires an understanding of appropriate remediation technologies. Consequently, this course also introduces a range of suitable technologies for the remediation of different types of contaminated land including clean-up methods for soils, sediments and water.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the principles underlying restoration ecology and ecological restoration in local, national and global contexts.
  • Identify the environmental and biological controls on plant community composition and ecosystem structure.
  • Describe the mechanisms underlying natural successional patterns in vegetation communities, as well as humaninduced changes in habitat-type.
  • Evaluate suitable technologies for the remediation of different types of contaminated land.
  • Relate habitat management to ecosystem function.
  • At different scales, plan ecosystem creation or restoration based on the biotic and abiotic context of the area.
  • Design and assess the feasibility and appropriateness of a habitat restoration scheme.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered on this course will include:

  • The principles of ecological restoration.
  • Abiotic and biotic controls on community composition.
  • Habitat management for faunal conservation.
  • Effects of changes in climate and land use on conservation practices.
  • Habitat case studies.
  • Contaminated land and remediation technologies.
  • Contaminated land issues and market size.
  • Practical techniques for effective ecological restoration, habitat creation and restoration.
  • Monitoring and modelling contaminants.
  • Hazard appraisal and risk assessment.

    Key facts

    Course Dates
    Short Course - Five Days
    Entry Requirements
    This Ecological Restoration course is designed for graduates with a degree in a related subject. In some circumstances, relevant work experience may be accepted as qualification for entry to this course. Enquire directly to see if you qualify.
    IFST Membership
    Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
    Course Provider
    Cranfield University
    Course Arrangements
    Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
    Course Location
    Cranfield University
    Mixed Cohort
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